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How To Build A Raised Garden
Building a raised garden may be the perfect solution if you love gardening but are having a tough time coping with natural soil and bending over while you work. Raised garden beds also add a lot of aesthetic appeal to a landscape. This type of garden is an ideal choice if you want to grow your own veggies.
Since these gardens are raised above the ground level, they provide better drainage and seeds can be planted early since the soil heats up fairly quick. If you’ve got a green thumb and are in a hurry to get planting, follow the tips given below on how to build a raised garden, and you will have a flourishing garden of greenness in no time.
- You will need to purchase a few items before proceeding with your task unless you have them all on hand of course. Planks of timber, anti-weed mats, top soil and gardening tools are some of the things you are going to need. You also need the seeds or shoots you want to plant in your raised garden bed.
- Once you’ve got all your equipment together, you will have to decide where you wish to build the raised garden. It is tedious work to shift a raised garden from one spot to another later, and you have to begin the whole building procedure from scratch too. Hence, it is best to make sure you select the most ideal and convenient spot for your garden.
- You can build a raised a garden in any shape and size you like but make sure it is convenient, and that means you should be able to work over the garden without having to step into it. If you plan on building more than one raised garden, you will need to leave space in-between them so you can walk all around them easily.
- The next step in building a raised garden, is preparing the area you have selected for the bed. Use twine and pegs or chalk to mark out the area and remove all weeds, grass, etc.
- While you can use a variety of materials like stone slabs or concrete to build a raised garden, lumber is most commonly used. Use rot resistant lumber like redwood and cedar to build your raised garden structure.
- Unless you have installed special drainage pipes for your raised garden, you will have make what is called “weep holes” in the sides of your planks for the water to drain through.
- Dig within the area you have marked out and then build the frame using planks. Posts can be used in the inner corners or sides for extra support. Add a few planks all around on top of the planks to create a small ledge or cap railing.
- You can paint the frame if you like for a decorative touch. Laying down a weed mat or newspaper will prevent weeds from growing in your garden bed. To keep away pests lay down a metal mesh.
- Next, you can fill your frame with a rich combination of compost and topsoil. Make sure you dampen the soil every now and then while filling the bed so that it settles properly.
- Finally, you can plant your seeds and do all your harvesting and weeding in comfort without having to bend very low.
Tips and Warnings
- When building a raised garden, you can add a cover that allows sunlight and moisture through to protect your plants from bugs and bad weather.
- If you have more than one raised garden you can install sprinklers.
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